Beverly Hills, CA -- Connie Britton, smart, sexy and confident, does not look like the type of woman who could be duped. But as the final panel of the Summer 2018 Television Critics Association Tour unfolded on the Universal lot, Britton assured reporters that even a self-made millionaire could easily be fooled when it comes to wanting to be loved.
Every summer I write a column in praise of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, calling it the most reliably entertaining of all the original series with which the broadcast networks wisely fill their schedules between Memorial Day and the start of the “traditional television season” (an increasingly antiquated term) in mid-September. But as the years and seasons go by -- and as the show defies the trajectory of virtually all such reality competition shows by actually improving with age -- I’m going to amend my annual rave and instead refer to AGT as one of the best shows on television, period.
It is less than two weeks before Al Roker, inarguably the best-known weatherman in the country and the most famous that the television business has ever produced, is going to embark on the Today show’s third annual Rokerthon, in which he visits five college campuses around the country in five days with the goal of setting a new Guinness World Record at each one. Al has famously traveled the world over during his decades at Today, but it is the Rokerthons that embed him squarely in the worlds of Millennials and Generation Z. As it happens, he says, when it comes to the media, young people aren’t all that different from the rest of us.